Devastation in Mexico as homes, schools and hospitals are flattened and 35 people are killed in country’s biggest earthquake for a century
EDITOR’S NOTE: 2017 is shaping up to be a pretty violent year as far as the weather is concerned. Just think, in the past 10 days we have Hurricane Harvey, Irma, Katia, massive solar flares and now an incredible 8.1 on the Richter Scale quake that rocked Mexico to its core today. Random weather patterns or is perhaps God trying to get our attention. Is something much bigger coming?
The earthquake was felt across Mexico, toppling houses, shaking buildings in the country’s capital and leaving a million without power amid reports tremors were detected as a far away as Austin, Texas – more than 1,300 miles from the epicentre.
Terrified residents in Mexico City ran out into the streets after the quake struck, witnesses said. Tremors were the strongest in a hundred years, according to President Enrique Pena Nieto – greater even than a devastating earthquake in 1985 that hit the capital flattening swathes of the city and killing thousands.
The quake struck at 11.49pm last night, 76 miles southwest of the town of Pijijiapan, at a depth of 43 mile.
A number of buildings were left in ruins in parts of southern Mexico. Some of the worst initial reports came from the town of Juchitan in Oaxaca state, where sections of the town hall, a hotel, a bar and other buildings were reduced to rubble.
Alejandro Murat, the state governor, said 23 deaths were registered in Oaxaca, 17 of them in Juchitan.
Authorities initially declared a tsunami alert stretching all the way south to Ecuador, but lifted it several hours later. Coastal Puerto Madero was earlier evacuated amid fears of a wave of up to 12ft.
Authorities initially declared a tsunami alert stretching all the way south to Ecuador, but lifted it several hours later. The only tsunami detected so far, however had a largest wave measured at 3.3ft, experts said.
The death toll has already risen to at least 35 people, including two children in Tabasco state and 17 in the southern city of Juchitan. source